Monday, August 13, 2012

Grace in the Whirlwinds

The past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. Quite busy. Not that the weeks prior to that weren’t a whirlwind, just a different kind. My time away was so packed and intense – all with good things – but I didn’t have the opportunity to really soak it all in until now. It’s completely mind-boggling how much God has blessed me in this crazy season. The opportunities to write, travel, learn, and spend time with special people – they have all been gifts, for which I am grateful.

Before leaving for my trip, I knew that after I got back, I’d need to sit down and re-think all of my goals. I was fully aware that I’d be entering a new season once I returned. The new season has begun but not as smoothly as I hoped it would. (I shouldn't be surprised) Already exhausted from an eventful trip, I hit the ground running in New York and didn’t have much time in the first few days back to sit down and plan strategically. Then, I was ready to do so, but I had quite a few days with horrendous cramps and a couple of migraines so that basically stunk. The emails and thank you cards I hoped to send right away got delayed and my mission to get super-organized flew right out the window. Never mind the thousands of words I was so sure would’ve been written by now. Let’s just say I wasn’t thrilled.

I’m so thankful for God’s new mercies each day. And I’m thankful for His grace. My fleshly default would be to beat myself up for not accomplishing more but I won’t do that. I will just get up again tomorrow, try again, and trust that God will help me create a new normal routine in my little whirlwind of a life – in His strength, not my own. In my struggle to be steadfast, I rest in the fact that He will always be. He’s opened these doors of opportunity – I look to Him to help me be a faithful steward.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
     “therefore I will hope in him.”

- Lamentations 3:22-24 

 How have you experienced God's grace in the midst of a whirlwind? 


graciousbeauty said...

I LOVE the fact that you linked passage. AH JENN! :) How I have missed you! Its strange how you can grow accustomed to having someone in your life so quickly. And I love seeing everything God is preparing for you already. God bless, and keep writing! The devil has nothing on us, because we serve a GREAT God! :)

Tracy Steel said...

Hi sweet sister! When life is a whirlwind, my mind never stops especially when my head hits the when I actually sleep and wake up with a peaceful heart- that is Gods grace! Praising Him for never sleeping and for His faithfulness in all seasons:). Blessings :)

MOM said...

As our VBS song at Good Shepherd said." It is gonna be a cool cool summer learning to trust in Jesus", and that is what you are doing. The best is yet to come.

Jennifer Roth said...

Hi Nina! Thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement! :)

Jennifer Roth said...

Tracy, that is the truth! He is always faithful and His grace is so amazing. Thanks for sharing. :)

Jennifer Roth said...

Thanks, Mom! Love you! :)

Betty said...

Jenn, it seem you are battle weary so taking a rest from your daily activities is one of the blessings God give us. He never ever judge us by our performance. The next seasons in our life is usually the best for God has already prepared us in the season before. Praise God for His new mercies and grace in the whirlwind. Will keep you in prayer my sister, He is doing a good work in you and through you. Blessings.

Jennifer Roth said...

Dearest Betty, Thank you for your prayers and your kind words of encouragement. Always timely. Blessings to you! :)